Norway: Oslo, Voss, Hellesylt, Geiranger & Gjøvik

Favourite Experiences:

  • Cruising down Geirangerfjord (My ‘Wow’ Moment!)
  • Getting out into nature in Oslo with Viking Biking
  • Winning snowball fights in Haugastøl 

I LOVED Norway!! I spent five days in this beautiful country with my Contiki Scandinavia tour group. We covered a lot of ground in a short time, visiting Oslo, Voss, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Gjovik, Lillehammer and Lom (and making plenty of stops for photos in between!). I can’t recommend my Contiki Scandinavia tour highly enough as a way to see the highlights of stunning Norway in a short time. We started our time in Oslo by exploring the city on a bike tour with Viking Biking. This was a great way to discover Oslo’s coast and green spaces, which occupy approximately half of the city. From Oslo, we headed through the Telemark region to Voss, where we spent the night at a picturesque lakeside hostel. From Voss, we drove north into the fjords where we spent a night in Hellesylt and took a beautiful cruise down Geirangerfjord to the town of Geiranger. Even on a cloudy day, this cruise was the #1 highlight of my trip to Scandinavia. If you’re lucky enough to visit Norway, do not leave without going on a fjord cruise! After leaving the fjords, our tour headed southeast into Gjøvik, where we channeled our inner Norwegians and had a barbecue in the park before heading into Sweden.

Below are some of my favourite photos from my visit to Norway:

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

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Sculptures by Gustav Vigeland in Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

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Oslo Domkyrkje

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Memorial to the Utøya Massacre 

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Kongen Marina in Oslo

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Viking Ship at the Vikingskipshuset in Oslo

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Oslo has the cutest houses!

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Beaches on Bygdøy in Oslo

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Bygdøy in Oslo

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Views from the Viking Biking tour in Oslo

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A Flower Market in Stortorvet

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Karl Johans Gate in Oslo

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The Grand Hotel, Oslo

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The Royal Palace, Oslo

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Looking North in Haugastøl. The poles on the side of the road indicate where the road is during heavy snow cover

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Vøringsfoss

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Views from our Hostel in Voss (Voss Vandrarheim)

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Tvindefossen

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A very scenic ferry ride! 

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Bøyabreen Glacier

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Contiki coach at the Bøyabreen Glacier

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The Village of Stryn

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View from my hostel balcony in Hellesylt 

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Cruising down Geirangerfjord

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Geirangerfjord

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Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geirangerfjord

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Geirangerfjord

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Norway has a strange obsession with trolls! This one was in Geiranger

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Geiranger Marina

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The waterfall in Hellesylt

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Hellesylt Church

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Nordberg

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Nordberg

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Lom

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Stave Church in Lom

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Fjords in Oppstryn

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Hjelledalen

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Frozen lake in the Telemark Region 

 

 

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